Browse Articles

  • Editorial |

    Low climate sensitivity has been ruled out, but the door remains open for alarmingly high estimates. Improved understanding of cloud feedbacks is vital for better constraining the upper limit of future warming.

  • Article |

    Observational evidence of cyanobacterial activity in the Antarctic Ocean suggests that nitrogen fixation could be a ubiquitous process in the global ocean.

    • Takuhei Shiozaki
    • , Amane Fujiwara
    • , Keisuke Inomura
    • , Yuu Hirose
    • , Fuminori Hashihama
    •  & Naomi Harada
  • Article |

    Intensive irrigation in India cools the land surface, but increases the moist heat stress in South Asia, according to an analysis of observational datasets and meteorological models.

    • Vimal Mishra
    • , Anukesh Krishnankutty Ambika
    • , Akarsh Asoka
    • , Saran Aadhar
    • , Jonathan Buzan
    • , Rohini Kumar
    •  & Matthew Huber
  • Article |

    The reduced Equator-to-pole temperature gradient during the Eocene greenhouse climate was maintained by elevated atmospheric humidity, according to temperature and precipitation isotope estimates from terrestrial siderite clumped isotopes.

    • Joep van Dijk
    • , Alvaro Fernandez
    • , Stefano M. Bernasconi
    • , Jeremy K. Caves Rugenstein
    • , Simon R. Passey
    •  & Tim White
  • Article |

    The end-Permian mass extinction was linked with ocean acidification due to carbon degassing associated with Siberian Trap emplacement, according to boron isotopes from fossil shells and reconstruction of the carbon cycle.

    • Hana Jurikova
    • , Marcus Gutjahr
    • , Klaus Wallmann
    • , Sascha Flögel
    • , Volker Liebetrau
    • , Renato Posenato
    • , Lucia Angiolini
    • , Claudio Garbelli
    • , Uwe Brand
    • , Michael Wiedenbeck
    •  & Anton Eisenhauer
  • Article |

    Intermediate-depth waters in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans were well equilibrated with the atmosphere through the last deglaciation, according to radiocarbon data from deep-sea corals.

    • Tianyu Chen
    • , Laura F. Robinson
    • , Andrea Burke
    • , Louis Claxton
    • , Mathis P. Hain
    • , Tao Li
    • , James W. B. Rae
    • , Joseph Stewart
    • , Timothy D. J. Knowles
    • , Daniel J. Fornari
    •  & Karen S. Harpp
  • Article |

    A link between post-thickening lithospheric extension and the differentiation of continental crust is implied by granulite conditions beneath the Rio Grande Rift, inferred from analysis of lower-crustal xenoliths and thermobarometric modelling.

    • Jacob H. Cipar
    • , Joshua M. Garber
    • , Andrew R. C. Kylander-Clark
    •  & Andrew J. Smye
  • Editorial |

    Where there is smoke, there are radiative feedbacks. With wildfires becoming a growing problem in the Anthropocene, we need to better understand the influence of fire on the climate system.

  • Article |

    Aged soot particles in the atmosphere enhance future warming through their influence on cloud formation and thus Earth’s radiation balance, according to global climate simulations.

    • Ulrike Lohmann
    • , Franz Friebel
    • , Zamin A. Kanji
    • , Fabian Mahrt
    • , Amewu A. Mensah
    •  & David Neubauer
  • Comment |

    Underground smouldering fires resurfaced early in 2020, contributing to the unprecedented wildfires that tore through the Arctic this spring and summer. An international effort is needed to manage a changing fire regime in the vulnerable Arctic.

    • Jessica L. McCarty
    • , Thomas E. L. Smith
    •  & Merritt R. Turetsky
  • News & Views |

    Time capsules of fluid, trapped within the oxide minerals from two iron ore deposits reveal an important role for sediment-derived carbonate–sulfate-rich melts in the concentration of iron, a crucial element for humanity’s development.

    • James M. Brenan
  • Comment |

    Land-use and land-cover changes are accelerating. Such changes can homogenize the water cycle and undermine planetary resilience. Policymakers and practitioners must consider water–vegetation interactions in their land-management decisions.

    • Delphis F. Levia
    • , Irena F. Creed
    • , David M. Hannah
    • , Kazuki Nanko
    • , Elizabeth W. Boyer
    • , Darryl E. Carlyle-Moses
    • , Nick van de Giesen
    • , Domenico Grasso
    • , Andrew J. Guswa
    • , Janice E. Hudson
    • , Sean A. Hudson
    • , Shin’ichi Iida
    • , Robert B. Jackson
    • , Gabriel G. Katul
    • , Tomo’omi Kumagai
    • , Pilar Llorens
    • , Flavio Lopes Ribeiro
    • , Diane E. Pataki
    • , Catherine A. Peters
    • , Daniel Sanchez Carretero
    • , John S. Selker
    • , Doerthe Tetzlaff
    • , Maciej Zalewski
    •  & Michael Bruen
  • Article |

    The transitional state between cloudy and clear skies, known as the twilight zone, has a substantial effect on the atmospheric energy budget, according to an analysis of cloud fields using global satellite observations.

    • Eshkol Eytan
    • , Ilan Koren
    • , Orit Altaratz
    • , Alexander B. Kostinski
    •  & Ayala Ronen
  • Article |

    Satellite observations reveal that fresh wildfire plumes are a globally important source of nitrous acid, enhancing oxidative plume chemistry and regional ozone levels.

    • N. Theys
    • , R. Volkamer
    • , J.-F. Müller
    • , K. J. Zarzana
    • , N. Kille
    • , L. Clarisse
    • , I. De Smedt
    • , C. Lerot
    • , H. Finkenzeller
    • , F. Hendrick
    • , T. K. Koenig
    • , C. F. Lee
    • , C. Knote
    • , H. Yu
    •  & M. Van Roozendael
  • News & Views |

    Permanent surface deformation caused by the 2019 Ridgecrest earthquakes has been directly measured, constraining the mechanics of surface damage in earthquakes.

    • Wanpeng Feng
    •  & Rafael V. Almeida
  • Article |

    A transition from rate-weakening to rate-strengthening frictional behaviour with increasing slip rate could explain the observed diversity of slow slip events on faults, according to numerical simulations.

    • Kyungjae Im
    • , Demian Saffer
    • , Chris Marone
    •  & Jean-Philippe Avouac
  • Author Correction |

    • O. S. Barnouin
    • , M. G. Daly
    • , E. E. Palmer
    • , R. W. Gaskell
    • , J. R. Weirich
    • , C. L. Johnson
    • , M. M. Al Asad
    • , J. H. Roberts
    • , M. E. Perry
    • , H. C. M. Susorney
    • , R. T. Daly
    • , E. B. Bierhaus
    • , J. A. Seabrook
    • , R. C. Espiritu
    • , A. H. Nair
    • , L. Nguyen
    • , G. A. Neumann
    • , C. M. Ernst
    • , W. V. Boynton
    • , M. C. Nolan
    • , C. D. Adam
    • , M. C. Moreau
    • , B. Rizk
    • , C. Y. Drouet D’Aubigny
    • , E. R. Jawin
    • , K. J. Walsh
    • , P. Michel
    • , S. R. Schwartz
    • , R.-L. Ballouz
    • , E. M. Mazarico
    • , D. J. Scheeres
    • , J. W. McMahon
    • , W. F. Bottke
    • , S. Sugita
    • , N. Hirata
    • , N. Hirata
    • , S.-i. Watanabe
    • , K. N. Burke
    • , D. N. DellaGiustina
    • , C. A. Bennett
    • , D. S. Lauretta
    • , D. E. Highsmith
    • , J. Small
    • , D. Vokrouhlický
    • , N. E. Bowles
    • , E. Brown
    • , K. L. Donaldson Hanna
    • , T. Warren
    • , C. Brunet
    • , R. A. Chicoine
    • , S. Desjardins
    • , D. Gaudreau
    • , T. Haltigin
    • , S. Millington-Veloza
    • , A. Rubi
    • , J. Aponte
    • , N. Gorius
    • , A. Lunsford
    • , B. Allen
    • , J. Grindlay
    • , D. Guevel
    • , D. Hoak
    • , J. Hong
    • , D. L. Schrader
    • , J. Bayron
    • , O. Golubov
    • , P. Sánchez
    • , J. Stromberg
    • , M. Hirabayashi
    • , C. M. Hartzell
    • , S. Oliver
    • , M. Rascon
    • , A. Harch
    • , J. Joseph
    • , S. Squyres
    • , D. Richardson
    • , J. P. Emery
    • , L. McGraw
    • , R. Ghent
    • , R. P. Binzel
    • , M. M. Al Asad
    • , C. L. Johnson
    • , L. Philpott
    • , H. C. M. Susorney
    • , E. A. Cloutis
    • , R. D. Hanna
    • , H. C. Connolly Jr.
    • , F. Ciceri
    • , A. R. Hildebrand
    • , E.-M. Ibrahim
    • , L. Breitenfeld
    • , T. Glotch
    • , A. D. Rogers
    • , B. E. Clark
    • , S. Ferrone
    • , C. A. Thomas
    • , H. Campins
    • , Y. Fernandez
    • , W. Chang
    • , A. Cheuvront
    • , D. Trang
    • , S. Tachibana
    • , H. Yurimoto
    • , J. R. Brucato
    • , G. Poggiali
    • , M. Pajola
    • , E. Dotto
    • , E. Mazzotta Epifani
    • , M. K. Crombie
    • , C. Lantz
    • , M. R. M. Izawa
    • , J. de Leon
    • , J. Licandro
    • , J. L. Rizos Garcia
    • , S. Clemett
    • , K. Thomas-Keprta
    • , S. Van wal
    • , M. Yoshikawa
    • , J. Bellerose
    • , S. Bhaskaran
    • , C. Boyles
    • , S. R. Chesley
    • , C. M. Elder
    • , D. Farnocchia
    • , A. Harbison
    • , B. Kennedy
    • , A. Knight
    • , N. Martinez-Vlasoff
    • , N. Mastrodemos
    • , T. McElrath
    • , W. Owen
    • , R. Park
    • , B. Rush
    • , L. Swanson
    • , Y. Takahashi
    • , D. Velez
    • , K. Yetter
    • , C. Thayer
    • , C. Adam
    • , P. Antreasian
    • , J. Bauman
    • , C. Bryan
    • , B. Carcich
    • , M. Corvin
    • , J. Geeraert
    • , J. Hoffman
    • , J. M. Leonard
    • , E. Lessac-Chenen
    • , A. Levine
    • , J. McAdams
    • , L. McCarthy
    • , D. Nelson
    • , B. Page
    • , J. Pelgrift
    • , E. Sahr
    • , K. Stakkestad
    • , D. Stanbridge
    • , D. Wibben
    • , B. Williams
    • , K. Williams
    • , P. Wolff
    • , P. Hayne
    • , D. Kubitschek
    • , M. A. Barucci
    • , J. D. P. Deshapriya
    • , S. Fornasier
    • , M. Fulchignoni
    • , P. Hasselmann
    • , F. Merlin
    • , A. Praet
    • , E. B. Bierhaus
    • , O. Billett
    • , A. Boggs
    • , B. Buck
    • , S. Carlson-Kelly
    • , J. Cerna
    • , K. Chaffin
    • , E. Church
    • , M. Coltrin
    • , J. Daly
    • , A. Deguzman
    • , R. Dubisher
    • , D. Eckart
    • , D. Ellis
    • , P. Falkenstern
    • , A. Fisher
    • , M. E. Fisher
    • , P. Fleming
    • , K. Fortney
    • , S. Francis
    • , S. Freund
    • , S. Gonzales
    • , P. Haas
    • , A. Hasten
    • , D. Hauf
    • , A. Hilbert
    • , D. Howell
    • , F. Jaen
    • , N. Jayakody
    • , M. Jenkins
    • , K. Johnson
    • , M. Lefevre
    • , H. Ma
    • , C. Mario
    • , K. Martin
    • , C. May
    • , M. McGee
    • , B. Miller
    • , C. Miller
    • , G. Miller
    • , A. Mirfakhrai
    • , E. Muhle
    • , C. Norman
    • , R. Olds
    • , C. Parish
    • , M. Ryle
    • , M. Schmitzer
    • , P. Sherman
    • , M. Skeen
    • , M. Susak
    • , B. Sutter
    • , Q. Tran
    • , C. Welch
    • , R. Witherspoon
    • , J. Wood
    • , J. Zareski
    • , M. Arvizu-Jakubicki
    • , E. Asphaug
    • , E. Audi
    • , R.-L. Ballouz
    • , R. Bandrowski
    • , K. J. Becker
    • , T. L. Becker
    • , S. Bendall
    • , C. A. Bennett
    • , H. Bloomenthal
    • , D. Blum
    • , W. V. Boynton
    • , J. Brodbeck
    • , K. N. Burke
    • , M. Chojnacki
    • , A. Colpo
    • , J. Contreras
    • , J. Cutts
    • , C. Y. Drouet d’Aubigny
    • , D. Dean
    • , D. N. DellaGiustina
    • , B. Diallo
    • , D. Drinnon
    • , K. Drozd
    • , H. L. Enos
    • , R. Enos
    • , C. Fellows
    • , T. Ferro
    • , M. R. Fisher
    • , G. Fitzgibbon
    • , M. Fitzgibbon
    • , J. Forelli
    • , T. Forrester
    • , I. Galinsky
    • , R. Garcia
    • , A. Gardner
    • , D. R. Golish
    • , N. Habib
    • , D. Hamara
    • , D. Hammond
    • , K. Hanley
    • , K. Harshman
    • , C. W. Hergenrother
    • , K. Herzog
    • , D. Hill
    • , C. Hoekenga
    • , S. Hooven
    • , E. S. Howell
    • , E. Huettner
    • , A. Janakus
    • , J. Jones
    • , T. R. Kareta
    • , J. Kidd
    • , K. Kingsbury
    • , S. S. Balram-Knutson
    • , L. Koelbel
    • , J. Kreiner
    • , D. Lambert
    • , D. S. Lauretta
    • , C. Lewin
    • , B. Lovelace
    • , M. Loveridge
    • , M. Lujan
    • , C. K. Maleszewski
    • , R. Malhotra
    • , K. Marchese
    • , E. McDonough
    • , N. Mogk
    • , V. Morrison
    • , E. Morton
    • , R. Munoz
    • , J. Nelson
    • , M. C. Nolan
    • , J. Padilla
    • , R. Pennington
    • , A. Polit
    • , N. Ramos
    • , V. Reddy
    • , M. Riehl
    • , B. Rizk
    • , H. L. Roper
    • , S. Salazar
    • , S. R. Schwartz
    • , S. Selznick
    • , N. Shultz
    • , P. H. Smith
    • , S. Stewart
    • , S. Sutton
    • , T. Swindle
    • , Y. H. Tang
    • , M. Westermann
    • , C. W. V. Wolner
    • , D. Worden
    • , T. Zega
    • , Z. Zeszut
    • , A. Bjurstrom
    • , L. Bloomquist
    • , C. Dickinson
    • , E. Keates
    • , J. Liang
    • , V. Nifo
    • , A. Taylor
    • , F. Teti
    • , M. Caplinger
    • , H. Bowles
    • , S. Carter
    • , S. Dickenshied
    • , D. Doerres
    • , T. Fisher
    • , W. Hagee
    • , J. Hill
    • , M. Miner
    • , D. Noss
    • , N. Piacentine
    • , M. Smith
    • , A. Toland
    • , P. Wren
    • , M. Bernacki
    • , D. Pino Munoz
    • , S.-i. Watanabe
    • , S. A. Sandford
    • , A. Aqueche
    • , B. Ashman
    • , M. Barker
    • , A. Bartels
    • , K. Berry
    • , B. Bos
    • , R. Burns
    • , A. Calloway
    • , R. Carpenter
    • , N. Castro
    • , R. Cosentino
    • , J. Donaldson
    • , J. P. Dworkin
    • , J. Elsila Cook
    • , C. Emr
    • , D. Everett
    • , D. Fennell
    • , K. Fleshman
    • , D. Folta
    • , D. Gallagher
    • , J. Garvin
    • , K. Getzandanner
    • , D. Glavin
    • , S. Hull
    • , K. Hyde
    • , H. Ido
    • , A. Ingegneri
    • , N. Jones
    • , P. Kaotira
    • , L. F. Lim
    • , A. Liounis
    • , C. Lorentson
    • , D. Lorenz
    • , J. Lyzhoft
    • , E. M. Mazarico
    • , R. Mink
    • , W. Moore
    • , M. Moreau
    • , S. Mullen
    • , J. Nagy
    • , G. Neumann
    • , J. Nuth
    • , D. Poland
    • , D. C. Reuter
    • , L. Rhoads
    • , S. Rieger
    • , D. Rowlands
    • , D. Sallitt
    • , A. Scroggins
    • , G. Shaw
    • , A. A. Simon
    • , J. Swenson
    • , P. Vasudeva
    • , M. Wasser
    • , R. Zellar
    • , J. Grossman
    • , G. Johnston
    • , M. Morris
    • , J. Wendel
    • , A. Burton
    • , L. P. Keller
    • , L. McNamara
    • , S. Messenger
    • , K. Nakamura-Messenger
    • , A. Nguyen
    • , K. Righter
    • , E. Queen
    • , K. Bellamy
    • , K. Dill
    • , S. Gardner
    • , M. Giuntini
    • , B. Key
    • , J. Kissell
    • , D. Patterson
    • , D. Vaughan
    • , B. Wright
    • , R. W. Gaskell
    • , L. Le Corre
    • , J.-Y. Li
    • , J. L. Molaro
    • , E. E. Palmer
    • , M. A. Siegler
    • , P. Tricarico
    • , J. R. Weirich
    • , X.-D. Zou
    • , T. Ireland
    • , K. Tait
    • , P. Bland
    • , S. Anwar
    • , N. Bojorquez-Murphy
    • , P. R. Christensen
    • , C. W. Haberle
    • , G. Mehall
    • , K. Rios
    • , I. Franchi
    • , B. Rozitis
    • , C. B. Beddingfield
    • , J. Marshall
    • , D. N. Brack
    • , A. S. French
    • , J. W. McMahon
    • , D. J. Scheeres
    • , E. R. Jawin
    • , T. J. McCoy
    • , S. Russell
    • , M. Killgore
    • , W. F. Bottke
    • , V. E. Hamilton
    • , H. H. Kaplan
    • , K. J. Walsh
    • , J. L. Bandfield
    • , B. C. Clark
    • , M. Chodas
    • , M. Lambert
    • , R. A. Masterson
    • , M. G. Daly
    • , J. Freemantle
    • , J. A. Seabrook
    • , O. S. Barnouin
    • , K. Craft
    • , R. T. Daly
    • , C. Ernst
    • , R. C. Espiritu
    • , M. Holdridge
    • , M. Jones
    • , A. H. Nair
    • , L. Nguyen
    • , J. Peachey
    • , M. E. Perry
    • , J. Plescia
    • , J. H. Roberts
    • , R. Steele
    • , R. Turner
    • , J. Backer
    • , K. Edmundson
    • , J. Mapel
    • , M. Milazzo
    • , S. Sides
    • , C. Manzoni
    • , B. May
    • , M. Delbo’
    • , G. Libourel
    • , P. Michel
    • , A. Ryan
    • , F. Thuillet
    •  & B. Marty
  • Editorial |

    We look at changes in authorship and cross-institutional links in the papers we publish. Both are increasing as the geosciences continue to become more collaborative.

  • Comment |

    It is commonly thought that old groundwater cannot be pumped sustainably, and that recently recharged groundwater is inherently sustainable. We argue that both old and young groundwaters can be used in physically sustainable or unsustainable ways.

    • Grant Ferguson
    • , Mark O. Cuthbert
    • , Kevin Befus
    • , Tom Gleeson
    •  & Jennifer C. McIntosh
  • News & Views |

    Deep, carbon-rich Pacific waters intruded into the South Atlantic some 38 to 28 thousand years ago. This deep Pacific expansion could have represented a considerable sink of atmospheric CO2, one that helped initiate the Last Glacial Maximum.

    • Brian A. Haley
  • Article |

    Phosphorus remobilized from seafloor sediments due to a reduced influx of iron-oxide from land led to widespread anoxia during the end-Permian mass extinction, according to palaeoredox and phosphorus speciation proxy records from Svalbard.

    • Martin Schobben
    • , William J. Foster
    • , Arve R. N. Sleveland
    • , Valentin Zuchuat
    • , Henrik H. Svensen
    • , Sverre Planke
    • , David P. G. Bond
    • , Fons Marcelis
    • , Robert J. Newton
    • , Paul B. Wignall
    •  & Simon W. Poulton
  • Article |

    Mounds within Ceres’s Occator crater may have formed by freezing of water-rich impact-induced melt, by a process analogous to that of pingo formation on Earth, according to an analysis of data from NASA’s Dawn mission.

    • B. E. Schmidt
    • , H. G. Sizemore
    • , K. H. G. Hughson
    • , K. D. Duarte
    • , V. N. Romero
    • , J. E. C. Scully
    • , P. M. Schenk
    • , D. L. Buczkowski
    • , D. A. Williams
    • , A. Nathues
    • , K. Udell
    • , J. C. Castillo-Rogez
    • , C. A. Raymond
    •  & C. T. Russell
  • Article |

    In one earthquake, an oceanic transform fault ruptured in one direction and then backwards at a speed exceeding that of shear-wave propagation, according to an analysis of data recorded by nearby seafloor and global seismometers.

    • Stephen P. Hicks
    • , Ryo Okuwaki
    • , Andreas Steinberg
    • , Catherine A. Rychert
    • , Nicholas Harmon
    • , Rachel E. Abercrombie
    • , Petros Bogiatzis
    • , David Schlaphorst
    • , Jiri Zahradnik
    • , J-Michael Kendall
    • , Yuji Yagi
    • , Kousuke Shimizu
    •  & Henriette Sudhaus
  • Article |

    Some valleys in the southern highlands of Mars may have formed by subglacial erosion, consistent with a cold and icy early Mars, according to a statistical analysis of valley morphometry.

    • Anna Grau Galofre
    • , A. Mark Jellinek
    •  & Gordon R. Osinski
  • Editorial |

    Soils store vast quantities of carbon and have the potential to help mitigate or exacerbate climate change. We need to better understand the interplay of chemical, physical and biological processes that govern soil carbon cycling and stability.

  • Perspective |

    Dynamic interactions between chemical and biological controls govern the stability of soil organic carbon and drive complex, emergent patterns in soil carbon persistence.

    • Johannes Lehmann
    • , Colleen M. Hansel
    • , Christina Kaiser
    • , Markus Kleber
    • , Kate Maher
    • , Stefano Manzoni
    • , Naoise Nunan
    • , Markus Reichstein
    • , Joshua P. Schimel
    • , Margaret S. Torn
    • , William R. Wieder
    •  & Ingrid Kögel-Knabner
  • Review Article |

    A review of the organic carbon cycle explores the interactions between the Earth’s surface and deeper reservoirs, the expanding inorganic controls on the organic carbon cycle, and how these links have strengthened through geological time.

    • Matthieu E. Galvez
    • , Woodward W. Fischer
    • , Samuel L. Jaccard
    •  & Timothy I. Eglinton
  • News & Views |

    The Archaean atmosphere may have been well oxygenated, according to a reconsideration of sulfur cycling at that time. This challenges the view that sedimentary sulfur records oxygen-poor conditions during Earth’s first two billion years.

    • Desiree Roerdink
  • Article |

    Increased river incision and landscape erosion can be attributed to late Cenozoic cooling/changes in hydroclimate, according to cosmogenic isotope and luminescence ages of a sequence of bedrock terraces in the Yukon River basin.

    • Adrian M. Bender
    • , Richard O. Lease
    • , Lee B. Corbett
    • , Paul R. Bierman
    • , Marc W. Caffee
    •  & Tammy M. Rittenour
  • Article |

    Carbon-rich Pacific deep water extended into the South Atlantic some 38,000 to 28,000 years ago, potentially contributing to a reduction in atmospheric carbon dioxide and the onset of the Last Glacial Maximum, according to deep-water carbonate chemistry reconstructions.

    • J. Yu
    • , L. Menviel
    • , Z. D. Jin
    • , R. F. Anderson
    • , Z. Jian
    • , A. M. Piotrowski
    • , X. Ma
    • , E. J. Rohling
    • , F. Zhang
    • , G. Marino
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    Formation of mass-independent isotope fractionation of sulfur signatures recorded in Archaean sedimentary rocks could have occurred in an oxygen-rich atmosphere, according to thermodynamic and kinetic calculations and analysis of Earth’s early sulfur cycle.

    • Hiroshi Ohmoto
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    The mantle lithosphere has thinned more than the crust beneath the Malawi Rift despite being melt-poor, according to seismic wave imaging; this suggests early melting of fusible mantle material.

    • Emily Hopper
    • , James B. Gaherty
    • , Donna J. Shillington
    • , Natalie J. Accardo
    • , Andrew A. Nyblade
    • , Benjamin K. Holtzman
    • , Christopher Havlin
    • , Christopher A. Scholz
    • , Patrick R. N. Chindandali
    • , Richard W. Ferdinand
    • , Gabriel D. Mulibo
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    Plant roots in thawing permafrost soils act to enhance microbial decomposition and the loss of soil organic carbon, according to an analysis of observational data and a rhizosphere priming model.

    • Frida Keuper
    • , Birgit Wild
    • , Matti Kummu
    • , Christian Beer
    • , Gesche Blume-Werry
    • , Sébastien Fontaine
    • , Konstantin Gavazov
    • , Norman Gentsch
    • , Georg Guggenberger
    • , Gustaf Hugelius
    • , Mika Jalava
    • , Charles Koven
    • , Eveline J. Krab
    • , Peter Kuhry
    • , Sylvain Monteux
    • , Andreas Richter
    • , Tanvir Shahzad
    • , James T. Weedon
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  • News & Views |

    Organic carbon in the top metre of Earth’s soils is far older than previously thought, averaging 4,800 years old. These radiocarbon-derived age estimates require us to recalibrate our expectations of ecosystem gains and losses of carbon.

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